Reading a blog post from somewhere else, husband commented that fifty dollars a piece for dinner seemed an astronomical amount of money. Fifty dollars is around $650 mxn. On Easter, Husband, La Maestra, her husband and I went to the Sonora’s Meat and between us ate a total of a kilo of steak (250 grams each of 3 different cuts two of us had prime rib), two servings of great guacamole, chistorra, frijoles charros and drinks for less than that, not including the tip. My point being that fifty dollars per person sounds like a lot of money to us now, regardless of whether the meal is worth it or not.
We’ve achieved a disconnect with NOB prices, I look at prices in the grocery store and compare them to what I’ve paid in the past or how much something costs in the mercado not to how much Safeway charges. One of my friends recently came back from a trip to Panama, she told me that Frosted Flakes were $8 usd a box there. My reaction was first “Thank goodness we don’t eat that crap stuff” and my second was “Aren’t Zucaritas around forty pesos a box?”
I feel like a tourist who when offered a hammock for two hundred pesos turns to his companion and asks,”How much is that in real money?”. Except in reverse, I think in pesos, I compare prices in pesos and I live in a peso economy.